The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and researchers at Duke University have found that a chemical called Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical, can be found in women’s bodies after using certain nail polishes containing the chemical.
The disturbing part about this study is that two of the polishes that tested positive for TPHP did not disclose its presence on product labels. Several studies of TPHP have associated the chemical with changes in the hormone and reproductive systems of humans. The most recent studies suggest that TPHP interacts with a protein that is critical to regulating the body’s metabolism and production of fat cells which may indicate it’s role in weight gain and obesity. Here is the full report.Watch our for brands selling nail polish containing TPHP, such as:
- Sally Hansen
- butter LONDON
- Wet N Wild
- Nuance by Samla Hayek
- Beauty Without Cruelty
SLN's Take Home Message
TPHP is found in lots of nail polishes on the market today. Out of more than 3,000 nail products in EWG’s Skin Deep database, half disclose the use of TPHP. If you enjoy getting your nails done please choose healthier alternatives like the Nail Polishes we recommend below. Take action by telling Sally Hansen, Wet n Wild, OPI and other nail polish brands to STOP USING ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS!